Cowboy Cookies [Countdown to Christmas Cookies]

The Countdown to Christmas Cookies series is back!

For the next 6 weeks I will be featuring a cookie perfect for your holiday baking.  Last year I featured cookies such as Red Velvet Cookies, Rum Balls, and an all-time favorite Lofthouse Sugar Cookies.

This year I have another great lineup in store. So start baking now and freeze your cookies.  You’ll be happy you did when you need them during the holidays!

First up are these Cowboy Cookies.  A few weeks ago I featured a Brunch Pizza that was in the Taste of Home special edition Best Holiday Recipe.  One Mother Thyme reader was lucky to win a copy of these holiday publications.  If you didn’t win last time, I have some great news!  My friends at Taste of Home are giving another Mother Thyme reader a copy of these special edition holiday publications!

This recipe for Cowboy Cookies is featured in the Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies and Candies.  There are so many fabulous cookie recipes that I had Mr. Mother Thyme pick;  I think he made a good choice.  If you are a coconut, walnut, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookie lover, these are the cookies for you.

Last year I did Cowboy cookies in a jar as gifts. My thought is to do the same thing this year with this recipe. You will just need to cut the recipe in half to put in a one quart mason jar excluding the wet ingredients, of course. The recipient will just need to add butter, and egg and vanilla.

Whether you decide to turn this into a holiday gift or to make for a cookie exchange, these will be a perfect addition to your holiday cookie collection!


Cowboy Cookies

Yield: 4 1/2 dozen

Cowboy Cookies


  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spread coconut and nuts on a large baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes until toasted, stirring every few minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt and gradually add to creamed mixture.
  5. Stir in toasted nuts, coconut, oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Drop tablespoon size balls onto greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until brown. Cool on wire racks.

Adapted from Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies and Candies 2012

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  1. What a great idea!
    Can’t wait for the rest of your cookie count down.

  2. My husband and I save a few recipes for the holiday season alone. One of our favourites is his mom’s cheeseball!

  3. A cookie countdown is such a great idea!! These are fabulous too. They look so chewy and perfect!

  4. My families favorite is my “nuts, no bolts” mix. Me? I can’t even pick.

  5. I am going to try these this week with a hot cup of coffee !!

  6. My favorite holiday cookies are peanut butter blossoms! So yummy fresh from the oven!

  7. it is more a bar–eggnog cheesecake bars.

  8. My mother and I always made pizzelles for the Christmas cookie swap we attended and so they’ll probably always be my favourite!

  9. These are definitely a great idea for the holidays! I don’t think I’d want to share them at the end of the day, though =)

  10. I love making layered jar cookie mixes for gifts.

  11. It’s hard to choose the one Christmas cookie… but I think the ones decorated by our girls are always a hit!

  12. Whole wheat chocolate chip.

  13. Michelle S says:

    Gingerbread Cookies!

  14. An awesome rolled and cut-out sugar cookie from an old Betty Crocker cookbook! All my kids love it!

  15. Sugar cookies!

  16. These cookies look so chewy and delicious!

  17. pecan pie mini tartlets, can’t wait to get all your cookie recipes

  18. It’s not Christmas without buckeyes!

  19. My favorite holiday cookie is pecan tassies

  20. My favorite cookie is oatmeal, cranberry with white chocolate. One of those real healthy ones!

  21. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Great giveaway! My favorite Christmas cookie is chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!

  22. The recipe instructions include flour, but the amount needed is not listed with the ingredients. Could you add this to the recipe please? The cookies do look delicious, and I would like to try the recipe. Thanks.

  23. These cookies look great and dear hubby says we are making them this week! Great giveaway. My favorite christmas cookies are pecan sandies and rum balls.

  24. Peanut Butter Blossoms!

  25. Jessica Russau says:

    My Grandmother’s Spritz cookies are my favorite. They never fail to melt in my mouth!

  26. I have always loved my best friend’s Mom’s Fruitcake Cookies!! Yumm!

  27. These cookies look absolutely wonderful. Superb!!

  28. I used to have a Cowboy Cookie recipe but lost track of it over the years so I am thrilled to see the title pop up here. I have everything on hand to prepare a batch so my cup runneth over! Thank you!!

  29. It’s hard to choose just one since cookies are my absolute favorites!
    For the Christmas holidays, decorated sugar cookies are traditional at my house so I have to choose those.. We can’t celebrate without them. A close second is the Dutch pastry banket.

  30. We have just a couple of cookie recipes we make every year

  31. Chewy gingerbread cookies

  32. sugar cookies!

  33. Oh I love cowboy cookies, although I whipped up a match minus the coconut recently.

  34. My favorite Christmas cookie is a cream cheese cookie with icing or spritz with green or red sugar sprinkles.

  35. No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies!


  37. Amanda Thompson says:

    We love Snickerdoodles at our house!

  38. chocolate cookies!!!! :):)

  39. britta wix says:

    spekulatius is my favorite :o)

  40. I love Biscotti!

  41. Dianne Shaw says:

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your cookie countdown!

  42. Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Our favorite is oatmeal raisin.

  43. Double Ginger Shortbread with white chocolate- so good!

  44. sugar cookies are my favorite

  45. My very favorite cookie would be a warm molasses cookie right out of the oven (with a glass of milk, of course!!)…

  46. I like the Sugar Cookie with Candy Kisses on top.

  47. these would be perfect to make as gifts !

  48. My favorite holiday cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip.

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